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A note to parents/educators:
Please review and adjust any part of these activities to
conform to cultural and/or religious beliefs associated with the
owl. The owl may symbolize or represent something altogether
different in another culture or religion from what is expressed in
When writing the activities and designing the owl craft it was meant
to focus on positive and contemporary messages such as:
1. The owl is a beautiful creature that can represent or
symbolize -- wisdom, the arts, literacy, the love
of learning, reading, facilitating knowledge, educational goals and
achievements, such as graduation and the role of a teacher, coach or
2. The owl is an important member and contributor in wildlife.
For a wealth of information about owls as they relate to lore and
culture, please visit
Owl Pages - Lore and Culture**
The owl in contemporary children's
literature, is often depicted in a similar way, such as these
characters: Owl in A.A. Milne's Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,
Owl in Maurice Sendak's Little Bear, and many others.
During these activities
children can learn some basic facts about this bird, enjoy an easy
printable craft, practice letter O and other fun activities
related to special themes and occasions such as:
Animals (some species of owls are endangered), Farm
(Barn owl) Forest
Animal, Rainforest and
bird special events listed in themes column.
** Valentine's Day: The
heart theme owl craft lends itself to decorate the owl in Valentine colors to
make a cute greeting card or decoration. Accessories:
Heart balloon with message or blank black and white version - make a
large greeting card.
** Graduation Theme - many preschoolers, kindergarteners and
first graders will have their first graduation experiences or they can
make this for an older sibling or relative that is graduating. Accessories:
Write a short greeting inside diploma pattern, write name of child on
** Teacher's Appreciation Week, Child Care Provider's Appreciation, Back to School
or Community Helper Theme: include with a gift or attach to
gift bag. Accessories:
write a greeting inside the apple leaf or the center of the owl body.
*Halloween or Nocturnal Scene: The owl is often depicted
in "mysterious" night scenes looking out of his
"home" in a tree or on a tree branch because it is
generally nocturnal -- active at night. The craft can be
used to create an easy nocturnal scene with a branch as depicted in
the illustration on the right column.
Ideally, plan for a couple of days of activities for older children
and keep it simple for the 2-3 year olds.
Review the activities, printable materials, theme accessories for the
craft and learning links below to decide on what sequence or materials works best for your needs.
Activity: Science and Social Studies: Learning about
Animal Facts and various activities (offline and online) Ages 2.5+
1. Encourage a discussion and dialogue: Ask the children what do
they know about owls. Proceed to discuss some basic facts
for young children:
* Owls are birds. Why? The most important characteristic
to distinguish a bird from other animal types/classes is
FEATHERS. Ask and review define other basic
characteristics of birds. Hatch from eggs, many can fly,
beaks or bills, and make nests. For basic review of bird
characteristics visit: KidZone.ws
- Bird Facts. The basic parts of the bird: head,
beak or bill, chest, tail , wings, legs - demonstrate these in one of the realistic
owl images in the link below or use this owl
coloring page and label the parts (insert in a transparent page
protector - and use dry erase markers so children can participate and
come to help to identify the parts).
* Owls are birds of prey - raptors
(great images of owls here)
* Generally nocturnal -
active at night (the craft can be used to depict a nocturnal
* Great eyesight and hearing.
Alphabet Activity: Letter O o is for Owl Activities
Present letter O Owl printable materials and activities
Select a printable craft in the owl theme.
Activity: Homemade Puzzles or a
simple art activity with a coloring page:
If you are short on time for a craft or want to suggest a take home
Puzzle: For reinforcement, print a coloring
page with a large owl coloring
on sturdy paper (print directly on a solid color - brown, orange, etc.
or glue to
thin cardboard and cut into basic shapes - rectangles, squares,
triangles (4 - to 6 pieces for children
2-3 years old and more pieces for older children).
2. Free Style Art - Create a Forest Landscape: Have
the children decorate the image, layering materials for texture,
use craft feathers. Cut out the image and have the children
create a forest background -- the trunk of a tree or branch with
watercolors, tempera, glue real or dried leaves, twigs and small
branches, create a nest with pine needles to bring in a touch of real
nature. When the background is done glue or tape the owl on top.
Online Jigsaw Puzzles: Owl
Skill: Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun owl image.
The default puzzle is 6 pieces. Click on the change
cut button to change shape and number of pieces.
Make sure to include story time.
Alphabet Letter O
Owl Printable Activities
an owl craft
View Owl for different themes:
Teacher / Child Care Provider
Appreciation or Back to School
Valentine's Day Mother's Day, Father's Day
Grandparent's Day Theme
for Halloween or to depict the Owl is generally nocturnal
Online jigsaw puzzle
Generic Coloring Pages
*paper, construction paper or paper
*glue or glue stick
*something to color with